The roof rat is a common pest in many cities in the United States. Because of this, so is pest control services from Anteater Exterminating Inc. As its name implies, this rat prefers to dwell in upper areas in and around buildings. It is a sleek, agile animal, well adapted for climbing and moving along narrow overhead wires and ledges.
The roof rat can be relatively independent of humans. Still, when human foods are easily accessible, residential pest control Phoenix may be necessary. Skittish behaviors may be especially pronounced in roof rats, and thus baits, bait stations, traps, and other rat control methods may be avoided for prolonged periods.
Roof Rat Habits and Habitats
From an extermination perspective, roof rats are cautious and subtle. There are several reasons for this. First, similar to the house mouse and Norway rat, the roof rat is most active at night. Second, it establishes nests amongst the dense cover and shadows of the bushes, trees, attics, and in other types of vegetation where it is not easily seen. Lastly, as its name implies, roof rats inhabit areas above our common and daily normal views. When it nests, it seeks out the shadowy areas beneath or behind vegetation growing over backyard and property fences, as well as various utility lines.
Well-established roof rat colonies are typically in older established neighborhoods where the landscaping trees and natural vegetation are mature and lush and where there are also fruit and nut trees. In these environments, the roof rat can exist independently of people and their dwellings.
How High Up Will Rats Nest?
Roof rats enter buildings from various areas exploiting any openings through vents and soffits or structural gaps. In roof rat-infested neighborhoods, residents often report seeing rats running up and down the trees and traveling over the roofs via utility lines or overhanging tree branches.
Once inside, almost any structural element providing concealment may be utilized, but overhead areas are most vulnerable. In residential homes in Phoenix, attics, soffits, ceiling, wall voids, the corners of carports roofs, and many other aerial areas may be exploited. In high –rise apartments, complexes, and tall office buildings, it is common to find roof rat infestations from the ground floor to the penthouse areas regardless of the number of floors.
Our vertical modern buildings and skyscrapers have miles and miles of complex works and different utility lines leading through vertical and horizontal voids, hidden pipe chases, and false ceilings – which are all ideal habitats, making an Anteater Exterminating Inc technician a must.
In warehouses, food plants, and other industrial buildings, a roof rat establishes nests within the top levels of storage boxes and racks, overhead electrical junction boxes, and on or behind any of the large structural beams and elements.
Roof rat nests have been found at the tops of rice silos 80ft/ 24m above the ground. In industrial complexes and high-rises in neighborhoods where roof rats are well established, exterminators regularly state that the harder an aerial location is to reach, the more likely it seems to be one of the nesting sites for the roof rat.
Roof rat extermination methods involve a combination of integrated management techniques used by your exterminator in Phoenix. Depending on the environment, access to children or pets, an exterior bait station system can be installed.
Experienced Rat Control
Utilization of bait stations properly anchored, strategically located, effectively designed and precisely maintained will remove roof rat infestations/ populations more effectively than any other method of rat control. If access to children or pets is a concern, tension traps can be installed inside the stations instead of bait. Tension traps may need to be checked more often and each trap will only catch one rat before it has to be reset.
Inside the house bait stations will ensure the quickest and highest degree of control. Odor from expired rats is usually not a big issue. The environment in the Phoenix metro area provides for rapid decomposition of expired rats, albeit if bait is used you may get odors for a period of time when dealing with extensive infestations. Some stations can utilize tension traps but they will require more frequent maintenance. The strategic placement of traps and or stations is of paramount importance.
The stations need to be placed in rodent runways and in the attic if roof rats are active and present there. Placement of traps may be difficult due to access, but critical to achieving proper control. so, it is best to hire an exterminator specializing in roof rats to assist.
Mechanical exclusion is a critical component to roof rat control in a structure. A visual inspection can be performed at the time of a rat control intensive service. Our service technicians can then provide a written proposal to correct all the structural deficiencies that allow roof rats to infest a structure.
For larger commercial structures an integrated rodent control system should be installed. The system should have an exterior, interior, diagram, and record keeping component. All rodent control is custom designed. Each property is unique and will require different control methods. Give us a call today for professional rat extermination!